GB Masters show Dutch courage

March 17, 2011
Maccabi GB Masters in Amsterdam

Maccabi GB Masters in Amsterdam

Futsal: The GB Masters continued their preparations for this summer's European Maccabi Games with an appearance at the first International Maccabi Futsal Tournament put on by Maccabi Holland.

GB finished fifth in a tournament featuring 13 Dutch teams, the Italian Open Maccabi team and Maccabi Estonia in Amsterdam.

In a group containing Dutch opposition, GB played out a goalless draw against Blue Blood in their opening match. Gideon Barnett hit the only goal in game two against FC Wanhoop. Barnett was also on target in the final group game, a 1-1 draw against Moole Jongens which took GB through to the quarter-finals.

A 4-1 defeat against eventual winners Maccabi Estonia ended GB's involvement. Danny Reuben snatched a consolation. They completed the tournament with a 1-0 win over De Sjankies in the playoffs to clinch fifth place overall.

Paul Shamplina, the GB player-coach, said: "It was good to play and be disciplined against younger and quicker opposition. To come fifth out of 16 is respectable."

Last updated: 12:57pm, March 17 2011